Saison D'Epeautre (ABV 6.0%) is made in a unique traditional style, using spelt (epeautre) and barley malt in the mash. Pale gold, with a huge white head, it's very dry and light in body, with a hint of wheaty tartness and a hearty texture that expresses the character of spelt, a primitive strain of wheat. It has a wonderfully heady, musty, cellar character that is unmistakably Belgian and a lot like champagne. The taste delivers on the promise of the nose. Very enjoyable, and perfect for summer, but wonderful at any time of year. Ratebeer.com rating: 93 (out of 100) 12.7 oz (corked) bottle.
Brasserie de Blaugies was founded in 1987 by married schoolteachers Marie-Noëlle Pourtois and Pierre-Alex Carlier, who are adventurous in recreating traditional farmhouse beer styles. Their tiny brewery is built into the garage of a comfortable farmhouse, and is operated by Pourtois, Carlier, and their two sons. Their output is small, but so well-crafted that it's highly regarded among connoisseurs of fine Belgian Ales.